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Comment Not surprising at all... (Score 4, Interesting) 32

I was looking at next-gen AV solutions and came across Cylance. I saw a demo of their software -- which consisted of two VMs, one running AVG and another Cylance. The AVG one only got about 20% of samples picked by the sales peson from VirusTotal. Cylance got 100%.

Why?

Because Cylance uses the VirusTotal API! So, of course it would get all these samples..using simple SHA1 hash checksums.

Their sales team seems to focus on low-skill (read: fix the copier, what's devops?) IT departments with smoke and mirrors tactics like this. I called it out right away, and went with a competing product. But based on that scammy behavior, this doesn't seem far off.

Comment Rubber-hose cryptanalysis (Score 1) 522

...should be expected by anyone who wants to hide data from a force as significant enough as a sovereign entity. Indefinite jailing based on contempt of court sounds a lot like a gentler, longer version of rubber-hose.

Perhaps some type of expiry after 30-60 days of non-use for sensitive encrypted drives might protect against this, since there's no way the person could decrypt the drive after that threshold.

Comment Re:Snow storm? (Score 1) 279

Interestingly enough my Earth Science teacher bore a strong resemblance to Steve Bannon. He was super right-wing republican, he was "alt-right" before alt-right existed as a term. Also this was an all-boys, Catholic high school -- definitely conservative. Definitely full of Giuliani-era Republicans.

He tried to each us that despite CO2 being linked to global warming, much nastier gasses used to come out of cars and were made into plain ol' CO2 by catalytic converters.

So he definitely inserted propaganda into the education system but I think it was from the alternate end of the spectrum...

Comment Re:Snow storm? (Score 3, Insightful) 279

I'm pretty sure I learned in high school (graduated 2002) in Earth Science (1998, freshman year) that global warming was part of a tropical age-ice age cycle, an ice age being defined as there being ice at the poles of the Earth. That said, I was also taught that climate change is due to greenhouse gases etc causing this to accelerate far faster than the historical record for transition into a tropical age.

So, I don't know what's new about this theory aside from the fact it can be diced up into "alternative facts" that say hey! look! climate change (somewhat) natural! ... but we've known all along manmade climate change is most of the problem.

Comment Re:because wikileaks is a Russian propaganda tool (Score 2) 308

I'm not sure if it's a Russian agenda so much as a man who started out pretty weird and contrarian, having lived in an embassy where he is somewhat disliked for 5 years and pretending to be a perpetual victim of the powerful, staggering in any direction he can by releasing any juicy information that comes in -- regardless who it harms. It just so happens he gets more information from US sources (leakers) than Russian ones, and doesn't even speak Russian himself to read/understand Russian leaks. So, he staggers in that direction to keep himself in the news. But it doesn't seem as well-thought-out as having a real agenda to push.

Comment Re:Poor on $100k? Sure (Score 1) 805

That's certainly plausible....but is it realistic to imagine Bay area tech workers spending their weekends baking bread, peeling potatoes, cleaning resulting dishes and doing whatever else it takes to minimize food costs? Or will they work from home on the weekend, put in a few more hours, and order delivery when they realize they're starving?

I suppose what I was really trying to say is $100/mo for food might be possible, but in practice, it really doesn't happen.

Comment Re:Poor on $100k? Sure (Score 0) 805

I think your food analogy creates the assumption that this tech worker has the ability to spend time baking bread from flour. Many of these technical jobs are demanding in terms of hours and energy, and it's rare that individuals working 12 hour days would come home and bake their own bread, and otherwise do all their own cooking. Instead, they end up paying for the $30 pizzas; or use some startup like Munchery or Blue Apron to deliver similarly priced food. Yes, a luxury item; but due to the amount of time they spend working it may be necessary sometimes.

Comment CPE hours and partying? (Score 1) 197

From my perspective, many conferences pander to two things:
  • * Getting Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours for those with tech certifications
  • * Giving an opportunity to use company money to party while justifying it as "educational"

Sure, there are nebulous opportunities for "networking" and some real learning that goes on, but the prime motivator for many is those two items. The rest of it is just the official stuff you have to do in order to get those items.

Comment Re:Is this theoretical? (Score 5, Interesting) 207

This! As somewhat of an audio engineer I know various speaker drivers very well, and laptop speakers essentially never have advertised frequency responses above 20KHz. And you're right, realistically, it's more like 18Khz with a steep drop off after 16KHz. Many people can hear 20KHz -- I've done tone tests and found I can hear up to 22KHz. So what speakers is this person using and what manner of computer has this kind of built in tweeters?

Comment Re:Clueless moron (Score 4, Insightful) 280

Obviously the AC who wrote this remark doesn't understand how the root DNS zone of the internet works, and that it's regardless of TLDs. The root servers provide start-of-authority (SOA) for all domains, and then your resolver obtains the information as to what authoritative resolvers are for any given TLD. So, establishment of a TLD does NOT bypass this control.

Comment RFC2468 -- I remember IANA (Score 3, Interesting) 280

RFC2468 details the story of Jon Postel, who tried to move US control of DNS zones to IANA. This battle still rages, but Ted Cruz hasn't realized other nations (e.g. Russia) have contingency plans to bring up their own root DNS if anything happens with their relationship to the U.S.; making US control of these root DNS zones not-that-important-anymore.

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